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RCHS doesn’t look far for its new head football coach

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Steve DaPrato has been living near River City High School most of his life, a West Sacramento native “born and bred.” But this year, he takes the reins of the school’s football program for the first time.

River City has posted a couple of winning seasons in a row before tapping DaPrato as new head coach to fill a vacancy. The News-Ledger talked to him by phone, and caught up to him as he worked with a group of students learning to run the hurdles on the school track as an assistant track coach to Coach Williams.

STEVE DAPRATO: impressed with RC football team but wants to make some changes (News-Ledger photo)

“I’m very impressed with the kids and the attitude on campus,” DaPrato said of the Raider football program.

As a young athlete, DaPrato’s own football career at Christian Brothers High School was pretty short.

“I played football my freshman year, got a serious injury, and never played again,” he said. “I was a track athlete at Sac State – not a star, I was just one of the guys on the team.”

DaPrato was a student teacher at James Marshall High School in West Sac, and then went to coach at Elk Grove High – now well-known for its “Thundering Herd” football team.

“We won the first section title in the school’s history in 1984,” said DaPrato.

Following that were some years with Modesto Junior College, where his teams won four bowl championships.

His 1995 team at Modesto was ranked fifth in its division nation-wide, scoring an average of 48.5 points and rushing for 525 yards per game, reports RC Assistant Coach Chris Baker.

[adrotate group=”7″]   More recently, DaPrato spent 10 years at Chabot College in the Bay Area, where he served variously as football coach, track coach and athletic director, before retiring recently.

He told Coach Baker why he came out of retirement to try his skills at River City:

“Obviously, the need and situation prompted me to talk to Coach Baker,” quoted Baker. “(Baker) is a friend, colleague, and relative by marriage. I just felt that River City needs to move to a college-type offense to give everyone a chance to shine.”

DaPrato wants to split the RC players into more distinct squads for offense and defense, to better learn their positions.

“What most high schools do and what River City was doing, is that you have an ‘offense day’ and a ‘defense day’,” he told the News-Ledger. The players alternate learning each role.

“At the college level, you can’t do that. The best way to teach the players is to have them make a choice, and play offense or defense, and teach them that. You script your practice for offense and for defense. Although some of the best athletes will do both.”

He said he will coach all quarterbacks, from incoming eighth graders to the varsity QB.

“In the past, we’ve been a smash-mouth, wedge blocking team, and that’s got its place, especially within the five-yard line,” said DaPrato. “But we’re going to have an extremely varied offense.”
The biggest thorn in the side of RC football?

“The biggest problem I’ve seen is the academic performance,” answered the coach. “You can’t lose 30 percent of your team (to academic ineligibility) every year and be good. That’s the only part of the culture that needs to be changed here. Yet, I’ve met with the counselors and they’re as good as I’ve seen at the college level. It’s the students and their parents.”

How good can the football program at RCHS get?

“I think the sky’s the limit,” answered DaPrato. “Everybody has to get on board. There are plenty of athletes in the area. Right now, it’s a one-high-school town.”

He said he has been inspired by the play of the school’s girls basketball team, drove deep to the playoffs this year..

“If the football team can play as hard as those girls, we’ll be very good,” said DaPrato. “That’s really what you want all the kids to do – play hard.”

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Five break-ins at kids’ snack bar

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

PETTY THEFT: A thief or thieves has been breaking the lock on this equipment storage bin belonging to a youth sports league (courtesy of Jr. Raiders)

It’s getting to be a nuisance, says Sarah Sieck, league treasurer for the West Sacramento Junior Raiders youth football team.

The squad’s snack bar and storage facility have been burglarized way too often in recent weeks, with the most recent break-in on Feb. 27.

“We’ve had five break-ins now,” said Sieck. “We’ve stopped reporting them. All of them were in February.”

The team plays at the “old” River City High School stadium, on the campus on Clarendon Street that is now home to Westmore Oaks Elementary School. Near the school’s field and track are a snack bar, ticket booth and a corrugated metal storage container.

“The snack bar has been broken into, and now also the ticket booths,” said Sieck. “There were some older cheerleader skirts in storage,  and someone just grabbed them and threw them all over the track.”

The equipment bin suffered two break-ins in one week alone:

“They took a P.A. (public address) system with speakers, and also the control panel that controls the scoreboard.”

And from the snack bar:

“The first time, they took all the sodas and candy,” said Sieck. “We had several cases of water, and it’s like they just took one and threw all the others around. They ransacked it, but they didn’t destroy it. We just have to get out there and clean it up.”

The first break-in was noticed by members of the River City Gators semi-pro football team, which also practices on the field.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “Jason Kang, the owner, called us and said ‘your snack bar is open – I’ll prop it closed until you can get here.’” But the break-ins didn’t stop. It probably doesn’t help that the field isn’t very visible at night, and some lights aren’t working.

“We have since re-keyed everything,” said Sieck. “The first time it appeared someone opened it but there was no damage. We were thinking that it was someone with a key. After that initial break-in, when the candy and sodas were taken, the doors were crowbared open each time and the bolt on the bin was cut.

The damage, all told, is about $4,000 for the youth sports league, including $3,000 for the P.A. system alone.

“That’s including boarding up, re-locking, and replacing equipment and supplies,” said Sieck. There was no cash stored in the snack bar or ticket booth. But the real cost to those who run the Junior Raiders is not necessarily money.

“It’s just so frustrating,” said Sieck.

The league is planning a fundraising benefit concert – possibly in June – to help defray some of the costs of the burglaries. The River City Jr. Raiders can be found on the Facebook social networking site for more information.

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Easy wins for RC baseball

Ruben Salas on the mound for the JV Raiders (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

The River City High School baseball squads hosted Florin on Friday in a non-league match-up game.

River City JV and Varsity both won their games, with each team winning by 10 or more points. On the mound to begin the game for JV was Ruben Salas, and for the Varsity it was Michael Andreotti.

Final Scores were, JV: 25-0 Varsity: 14-4.

MICHAEL ANDREOTTI hurls for the varsity RCHS baseball team (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

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Lady Raiders: a thrilling end

KATIE KING: 21 points on the night, including a buzzer-beating three-point shot that sent the game into overtime (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

Girls basketball squad loses OT thriller after season that went deep into the playoffs —

The River City High School girls basketball team traveled to Chico last Wednesday to face the Pleasant Valley Vikings in the CIF Nor Cal first round playoffs.

The Lady Raiders lost but not without some excitement for the fans. River City was down by three in the fourth quarter, and, with 0.3 seconds left on the clock, The Raiders’ Katie King hit a 3-pointer to tie the ball game and send it into overtime.

The overtime period ended with Pleasant Valley on top, 47-44.. The Lady raiders finished the season with 27 wins and four losses, , tied with El Dorado for the SVC Division title. They earned a #2 rank in Division 2 Sectionals and were ranked fifth in California Division 2 standings.

It was the best girls basketball season in school history. The team is coached by Jamie King.

[adrotate group=”9″] (Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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Sac Gold wins 2-0 at RCHS

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

The Sacramento Gold semi-pro soccer team beat the visiting Real San Jose on Saturday, 2-0, in a match played at River City High School in West Sacramento.

Manolo Pina scored both goals for the Gold – both in the first half. Outstanding play from the San Jose goalkeeper in the second half helped keep the score from widening.

The Gold will host the North Coast Tsunami of Eureka at the RCHS field at 7 p.m. on March 24.

For more information, visit www.sacramentogoldfc.com.

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Public jogging hours at RCHS track

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The rubber track at River City High School is now open for public use during certain hours, for those who have an account with the city recreation department.

Char Ghio, the school’s athletic director, told the News-Ledger that the policy is new.

“It’s open Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30,” said Ghio. “The schedule is going to change with my sports program schedule.”

The track measures a quarter mile around, she said.

How do you sign up to use it?

A representative at the city recreation department said you can do so by opening an account at the Recreation Center facility next to RCHS on Raider Lane. Getting a “rec card” costs $5, she said.

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McNair hands RCHS playoff loss

RCHS sophomore Carmen Garcia in action for River City. Carmen was the high scorer in the game with 11 points (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

ONLINE UPDATE: The Raiders lost their match on March 7 against Pleasant Valley in a 49-47 finish.  That has ended the RCHS season. But the team’s regular-season record plus wins in the first two games of the playoffs marked the best girls’ basketball season in the history of River City High School.

The River City High School girls not only made it into the playoffs this season, but won their first two games.

Then, on February 28, the Raider squad traveled to Stockton to face McNair in the third round of CIF basketball playoffs.

River City kept the game close through 2 quarters of play, down by just six at the half. But in the third quarter of play, McNair went on a big run. By the end of the 3rd quarter, they were ahead by nine, and McNair would eventually go on to win by a final of 58-43.

Carmen Garcia was the high scorer for River City, with 11 points.

Although the team lost the game and will miss a chance to play at the Power Balance Pavilion next week, their season continues as they compete in tournament play. They will meet Nor Cal in Chico at 7 p.m. tonight (March 7).

River City boasted a 25-2 record over the regular season and by the end of their playoff run their record shows 27-3. Out of 234 California Division 2 Teams, River City is ranked fourth, behind St. Mary’s, Monache and Casa Grande.

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